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WOOHOO I worked out, and I LOVED IT (and the most amazing book you have to read!)

Now, this might not sound like such a big deal to you if you knew me “when” – when I didn’t even have to think about it, going to workout was just something I did automatically.  When I lived to lift, to be strong, to get stronger, to hear that loud angry music in my ears…

Well…. honestly, I cannot actually remember how long ago that was.  I had given up on it because of all my limitations, and just as I was falling in love with boxing, another setback.  Man, did I ever let ALL THAT MESS totally destroy my passion.

Yep, I lost it.  I was “happier” not going, not trying (or so I tried really hard to convince myself).  If I didn’t try, I couldn’t fail.  I was succeeding at withdrawing deeper into my introvert shell though – man, I earned a gold medal in introverting.

I just finished the most AMAZING book that I can honestly say is life-changing.  “Year of Yes”.  You all know I’m on this personal development mission, so I added this to my list of things to read.  What I didn’t know was that this book is about ME!  Well, ok – I don’t have three daughters, and I am not a super successful celebrity writer and creator of award-winning television shows.  But wow, could I ever relate to so much of what Shonda writes. As a child, she played in the pantry with canned goods.  As a child, I played in closets – I mean, come on, they were amazing places to create my own little world!

She has a chapter about her decision to lose weight, and that one was like a big ole anvil falling on my head (remember Roadrunner and Coyote?). Basically you have two choices, she writes (I’m paraphrasing).

  1. Be happy and content with where you are, whatever body you’re in right now.  Embrace it, love it, treasure it for all the wonderful things it can do.
  2. ORRRRR – do something about it if you’re unhappy.  Quit with the “I need to, I should, I wish…” and just do it already.

I’ve heard these words before in different forms, but for some reason she got through to me.  So, instead of dreading the boring 30 minute workout I had scheduled at the gym, I went in with a positive attitude finally.

And guess what?  I smiled, I laughed, I worked hard, I broke a sweat, and I AM GOING BACK.  We all have our stuff that gets in the way of things we know we should do, but in my case, it’s been my own head getting in the way.  Now, I know I have a very very long road back, and I’m facing ankle surgery, so that will be yet another obstacle to overcome.

I’ve also read that creative people really need exercise – it isn’t optional. They need it to keep their creative brains working.  Hmmm – ok then.  I’m trying to be creative.  Another reason….  I just need to find what I used to love, accept where I am today, and plan out then execute to get where I want to go.

Shonda also told me that if I want to be a writer, guess what?  I have to write.  Every day.  No matter what. And then it will get easier, and I will get better.  See, I told you this book taught me a lot!  Time to come out of that introvert shell sometimes and enjoy life.  Enjoy the things I used to love before all that got lost.  Shonda told me to dance it out, and that makes perfect sense to me.

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Sometimes you just need to LAUGH!

As I wrote earlier, I’ve just been down in the dumps for a bit.  But finally I made my way back to the Hive (Time Warner Cable Arena) to watch my Hornets play – felt great to sit in my seat again.  My basketball family welcomed me and a feeling of comfort and happiness found its way inside.

Being there, feeling the energy and excitement.  Just what I needed.

I say this to remind everyone, no matter how bad things seem or how sad you feel, just make time to LAUGH, hysterically, out loud, for some silly reason.  It works wonders!  The video I’ve attached is Hugo the Puppet who photobombs everyone on the big screen, and for some reason, every single time, I laugh like a little kid when he does his thing.

Don’t be afraid to let go sometimes.  We spend so much time being “in control” and living such serious lives.  Nothing wrong with that, but just remember, laughter really is the best medicine.  Be silly, laugh at something simple, most of all, ENJOY THE MOMENT.  I just hadn’t been doing enough of that.

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Putting my tagline to the test :)

So…. how do YOU handle it when you do the right thing and encounter people who hate you for it and do their best to make life miserable for you?  I know the answer is NOT to give them that power, but honestly, are we really able to be immune to hurtful people?  I am not.  But, I’m using this as another step in my personal development journey.

“Pawsitive Vibes Pawsitive Life” is my tagline, so I had a nice little conversation with myself on how best to live this even in the face of things that upset me.  Life isn’t always positive – of course it isn’t – it’s this “crazy thing called life.”  I’m keeping it real with anyone who takes time to read what I write.  I was REALLY bothered this week, because I gave someone the power to get in my head.  THAT was entirely my fault, and I have to take ownership of it.

I’m choosing to turn negativity and judgment into something positive.  I am making some positive changes in my life (stay tuned for a post just about that) so that I will feel better about MYSELF.  I think negative, hateful people have more power if you aren’t prepared to lift yourself up, and I haven’t been.  So, I had a little meltdown this week (thanks to a very dear friend for putting up with it!) and got myself together.  Negative, mean people can only get to me if I let them, and guess what?  I don’t HAVE TO LET THEM.  I am powerful, I am strong.  Mean people who try to make others feel bad about themselves are the incredibly weak ones.

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I let things bother me for longer than I am proud of, but to me, the important thing is that I have taken my power back, and am making myself a better ME!  🙂 Silver lining.  Now, everyone go out there and have a wonderfully amazing weekend, and stay tuned for tomorrow’s post.

Until next time, STAY PAWSITIVE no matter what life throws at you.  We can do this.  And remember, it’s always right to do the right thing anyway.

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